Tuesday, November 25, 2014

What crappy chain restaurant will open and close next in Columbia Heights?

With the recent news about Ruby Tuesday closing and TGI Friday's possibly never opening, I got to joking around with some friends: it seems like lots of lame chains come and go in our area.

Aside from those two, Richmond supermarket chain Ellwood Thompson's flirted with coming to DCUSA for years, saying they were ever so close to opening many times, then changed their mind and opened in Rockville (of all places.) Lime Fresh Mexican, another chain restaurant, opened and closed in DCUSA, as did Tasti D-Lite, the frozen custard place, and Rita's Water Ice on the Civic Plaza.

So, since it's almost the holiday, I figured it was time for a joke poll: what crappy chain will open and close next in Columbia Heights? (That said, I really liked Lime Fresh and was sad to see them go.)

If you have other ideas, leave them in the comments!

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  1. IHOP is a disappointment. Microwaves meals in uncomfortable booths. Seldom seems very busy. I'm surprised it has lasted this long.

  2. Are rents so high that local bussinesses can't afford to open here? Is that why we are stuck with all these crappy chains? We need good Italian and Sushi restaurants! And please, I hope we don't get another burger chain.

  3. I thought I read somewhere that Popeyes and KFC are highly interested in the old Uptowner Cafe Spot.

  4. There is an Italian place coming, thankfully, from the El Chucho folks:

    Little Coco's

  5. I would love a buffalo wild wings. Lou's leaves a lot to be desired as far as mega sports bars go. And there isn't one BWW in the district. And it's ideal since its metro accessible. I know many people would likely look down on it, but I would support it wholeheartedly.

  6. How can we regulate rents? Same thing is happening in Petworth at Park Place. We get stuck with crappy chains like Subway, Dunkin Donuts and Cricket! Oh yah, and ANOTHER 7-11. There is still space available, but it's dwindling. It'd be perfect for a busboys & poets. Or Wild Wings... At least choose the good chains!

  7. I don't think it's really an issue with rents. Independent restaurants open all the time downtown, where rents are much higher than CH. The issue is that there are relatively few qualified restauranteers in DC, and they all gravitate to the most popular areas. Their business model isn't really to serve local residents, but to be part a "scene" that by itself attracts lots of folks from Virginia and Maryland.

  8. I agree that we could use either a good Italian and Chinese restaurant in the nieghborhood. One person commented that independent restaurants open downtown in spite of the rents; yes, but check out their prices as well. What we need are reasonably priced outlets,not more places catering to high income folks wanting small plates and tapas, but they won't open due to the rental costs in a location on 14th close to the metro.

    BTW I think a Popeye's at the old Uptowner Cafe would be awesome :)

    Not afraid to be anonmyous in my comments....

  9. I would love if they replace the Ruby Tuesday with an TGI Fridays,Buffalo wild wings,popeyes,cheesecake factory,flamming grill,american buffet or a bonefish bring quality to columbia heights and great deals/good prices
    They will attract people eye im tired of going to the same resturants in this comunity I want something new were I can bring friends,fammily or a date or just go by myself nd enjoy it.


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